Interpersonal Communication

Little White Lies

Have you ever noticed how often people lie during a given day? From “that dress makes you look slim” to “No Officer, I didn’t realize I was speeding” many of us are guilty of “white lies.” A while back, I actually decided to take a conscious look at my own white lies and was surprised at how many I was telling.

Fortunately, most of my white lies weren’t serious enough to need cover up lies. Lies have the tendency to multiply as you need to tell other lies to cover up the first one, and depending on how bad you are at lying, you could end up making up your own fictional story that requires you to kill off characters to make it believable.

Do You Live Under a Rock or in a Cave?

Okay, it’s time for another pet peeve of mine that has been rearing its ugly head in recent months. I can understand people using phrases like “unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d know about …” in conversations with people they have rapport with. But lately, I’ve seen these snide remarks used in business situations.

In addition to publishing my own e-zine, I also subscribe to a number of others in the topics that interest me. In the last month or so, I’ve seen people use these idiotic and condescending phrases in their e-zines. First, people were using it in reference to Susan Boyle’s rise to stardom. Now people are using it to describe the news regarding the recent deaths of celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Ed McMahon and Farrah Fawcett.

Will Web 2.0 Kill Public Speaking?

Since the internet rush of the 1990’s which meant going online wasn’t just for nerds, the way we communicate has changed significantly. Email helped us record and organize conversations, text messages helped us zap quick notes to each other and social networks allowed us to reach people from all over the globe. Teleseminars, podcasts, blogs and webinars now give us the ability to potentially communicate to millions of people. So where does public speaking fit in to all of this? And more importantly, will there still be a need for public speaking as the internet continues to change the way we communicate?